Relyea was assistant director on The Alamo
Robert E. Relyea, a fifty-year veteran of the movie industry and assistant director on John Wayne's The Alamo, will appear at a world famous book store on the Sunset Strip this month to promote his new action-packed autobiography.
The two-hour signing will take place 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 10 at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Relyea will be signing copies of Not So Quiet On The Set: My Life In Movies During Hollywood’s Macho Era, which promises to become a must read for anyone who yearns to know the “real” stories about the movies.
Co-authored by son Craig Relyea, Not So Quiet On The Set provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes, first person look into Hollywood’s movie-making landscape during the turbulent pre-and post-Kennedy years in America. The book also chronicles Relyea’s relationship with John Wayne on the set of The Alamo, one of the icon's most enduring films.
The Duke's explosive temperament, who dispensed with the pleasantries when it came to dealing with demanding fans.
The time when Wayne punched a horse for biting him on the backside. The force of the star's punch brought the animal to its knees.
How co-star Richard Widmark wanted to go toe-to-toe with Wayne after he called Widmark a “little son of a bitch.”
Setting up the film's final battle sequence, which required thousands of extras and took more than a month to shoot.
The 348-page work includes candid photos of Relyea on the sets of epic films and presents rare insights into the mechanics and politics of filmmaking, defining a dynamic period in motion picture history. A unique collaboration between father and son, Not So Quiet On The Set not only illustrates how the movie industry really works, but also provides a revealing portrait of Hollywood’s loss of innocence.